Harford County Sheriff’s Office seeks information on black van connected to attempted abduction of 14-year-old at school bus stop in Abingdon Monday


The Harford County Sheriff’s Office is reporting a man in a black work van with tinted windows tried to abduct a 14-year-old boy walking to his bus stop at the corner of St. Clair Dr. and Benefit Ct. in Abingdon at about 6:30 a.m. Monday. Here are the details from the Sheriff’s Office:


(Abingdon, MD – October 24, 2011)  The Harford County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a suspicious incident that occurred on Monday, October 24, 2011 at the corner of St Clair Drive and Benefit Court in Abingdon, MD at approximately 6:30am.  While on his way to his bus stop, a 14 year old student was approached by an unknown male in a black work van with tinted front windows.   The unknown person threatened to harm the student, if he did not get in the vehicle.  The student immediately turned and ran back to his residence.  After arriving home safely, the student’s parent immediately called 911 to report the incident to the police.

Harford County Sheriff’s Office deputies canvassed the area but were not able to locate the suspicious vehicle described as a black commercial type work van with black bumpers, tinted front windows, and no back windows or driver’s side rear windows.   During the course of the investigation, several residents from the neighborhood indicated seeing a suspicious vehicle throughout the weekend that matched the description provided by the student. Harford County Sheriff’s Office investigators are asking anyone with information regarding the described vehicle to please call.

Anyone with any information regarding this suspicious incident is encouraged to contact Corporal Paul Ruszala at 410-836-5429.

Anyone with information regarding the crime wishing to remain anonymous may report their information through the following methods listed below.  Qualifying tips that lead to a conviction may be eligible for up to $ 2,000.00 in rewards.


Website/Email:           Submit a tip online at http://www.harfordsheriff.org/wanted

Text message:            Metro Crime Stoppers:   Text “CRIMES” (274637)

Begin the message “MCS,” then add the information.

Phone:                         Harford Crime Solvers:  Call 1-888-540-8477